Norway ship saves 600 in Mediterranean
Norway

Norway ship saves 600 in Mediterranean

One of the two Norwegian ships sent on a humanitarian mission to the Mediterranean has rescued six hundred refugees on route from North Africa to Europe.

Metal band plays concert on Troll’s Tongue
Norway

Metal band plays concert on Troll’s Tongue

The jazz metal band Shining on Sunday performed a free concert on top of the Trolltunga, or the Troll’s Tongue, one of Norway’s most spectacular promontories, with the band’s guitarist claiming “I have never felt more Norwegian”.

Insects proposed for sale in Swiss supermarkets
Switzerland

Insects proposed for sale in Swiss supermarkets

Insects could be legally for sale in Swiss supermarkets starting next year after the federal food safety and veterinary office (BLV) proposed the commercialization of three species.

Breivik applies to Oslo University again
Norway

Breivik applies to Oslo University again

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has applied yet again to study politics at the University of Oslo, and this time he probably has good enough grades to gain admission.

Man injured by exploding kohlrabi cannon
Norway

Man injured by exploding kohlrabi cannon

A man in Norway was injured on Saturday when his home-made kohlrabi cannon exploded.

Danish cyclist Sørensen admits to doping
Denmark

Danish cyclist Sørensen admits to doping

Four-time Danish National Road Race winner Nicki Sørensen admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs ahead of the release of a major report on the scope of doping in Danish cycling.

War crimes ‘likely by both sides in Gaza war’
Switzerland

War crimes ‘likely by both sides in Gaza war’

Evidence showed both Israel and Palestinian militants committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report says, decrying "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering.

Swiss keep Syrian magnate’s assets frozen
Switzerland

Swiss keep Syrian magnate’s assets frozen

The financial assets of one of Syria's wealthiest men — a cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — will remain frozen in Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court said in a statement.

Migrant shot dead off Libya – EU okays new op
Italy

Migrant shot dead off Libya – EU okays new op

One person was killed and another seriously injured when a rubber dinghy carrying migrants headed for Italy came under fire off the Libyan coast on Monday, Italian media reported.

Scores of refugee ‘kids’ in Denmark are adults
Denmark

Scores of refugee ‘kids’ in Denmark are adults

In nearly three fourths of cases investigated by immigration authorities, refugees who claimed to be minors were found to be adults upon further examination but global statistics show that knowing one's age is not always so simple.

Swedish police recover stolen strawberry haul
Sweden

Swedish police recover stolen strawberry haul

Police have tracked down a third of the strawberries stolen in one of Sweden's most high-profile fruit-related heists ever.

How Germany fell in love with the ‘company run’
Germany

How Germany fell in love with the ‘company run’

More and more companies across Germany are taking part in so called "Firmenläufe" - company runs – as a way to bring colleagues together and give everyone a chance to show the boss who's boss.

Malmö police worry about wave of violence
Sweden

Malmö police worry about wave of violence

Swedish police have expressed concern over increasing violence after another shooting and an explosion rocked Malmö in southern Sweden over the weekend.

Uproar as Muslim store brings in ‘men only’ days
France

Uproar as Muslim store brings in ‘men only’ days

UPDATED: Muslim store owners have been forced to scrap the "gender ban" at their grocery store in Bordeaux, after it caused outraged across France.

France, Germany warn of slow Ukraine progress
Germany

France, Germany warn of slow Ukraine progress

Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel lamented the "insufficient" progress in resolving the Ukraine crisis after a telephone conversation Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a source close to the French president.

France mulls rule to keep over-70s out of politics
France

France mulls rule to keep over-70s out of politics

In a bid to breathe new life into French politics, the government is considering setting an upper age cap of 70 on the country’s politicians and limiting time in office to three terms.

One in ten cats in Sweden are homeless
Sweden

One in ten cats in Sweden are homeless

Cats are among the most popular pets in Sweden. But more than 100,000 of the furry creatures are believed to have been abandoned by their former owners, according to animal rights organizations.

Foreign men make entry into Danish public sector
Denmark

Foreign men make entry into Danish public sector

Many of the jobs that have traditionally been filled by women in Denmark are increasingly being taken by male foreigners, a new study has shown.

High court convicts ‘al-Qaeda’s PR man’
Denmark

High court convicts ‘al-Qaeda’s PR man’

With the Eastern High Court's decision on Monday, Sam Mansour risks becoming the first ever Dane to be stripped of citizenship for his crimes.

VIDEO: See the incredible flying cat
France

VIDEO: See the incredible flying cat

A cat has become an internet sensation after hitching a ride on a light air craft over French Guiana and living to tell the tail.

Sweden world’s 13th most peaceful nation
Sweden

Sweden world’s 13th most peaceful nation

Sweden has been ranked the 13th most peaceful country in the world by a global peace index, down from 11th in 2014.

Madrid city hall gives up coveted bullfighting box
Spain

Madrid city hall gives up coveted bullfighting box

Ahora Madrid announced last week that it would be giving up the city council´s private box at the prestigious Las Ventas bullring, as well as its top seats at one of Spain's most famous theatres.

Kuoni reveals sale of Euro tour operations
Switzerland

Kuoni reveals sale of Euro tour operations

Swiss travel group Kuoni says it is selling its European tour operating activities to German retailer REWE but did not disclose the price.

Bankrupt Parma FC set to drop to Serie D
Italy

Bankrupt Parma FC set to drop to Serie D

Parma FC are set to drop into Serie D, the top tier of Italy's amateur leagues, after administrators received no takeover offers prior to a 1400 (1200 GMT) deadline on Monday.

Burglars coast to €1m theme park haul
Germany

Burglars coast to €1m theme park haul

Two opportunistic burglars have had the time of their lives at Phantasialand theme park near Cologne, and without going on any of the rides. The pair snuck into the park during a party and reportedly stole almost €1 million in cash.

Star actors come to blows after movie awards
Germany

Star actors come to blows after movie awards

After the Lola awards ceremony, the German version of the Oscars, two of the country's best known actors got into a fist fight at a Berlin restaurant.

Rogue drone slams into Milan cathedral
Italy

Rogue drone slams into Milan cathedral

The iconic cathedral of Milan has been damaged after being hit by a camera drone on Monday morning.

Norway’s women footballers: “We suck”
Norway

Norway’s women footballers: “We suck”

The Norwegian women’s football team has made a hilarious mockumentary attacking gender stereotypes, admitting they “suck, plain and simple”

Hollande already on the campaign trail for 2017
France

Hollande already on the campaign trail for 2017

His ratings are still in the doldrums and the economy is still stagnant, yet French President Francois Hollande looks increasingly like he's already on the campaign trail for 2017.

‘Oh God — I’m coming’: noise row goes public
Switzerland

‘Oh God — I’m coming’: noise row goes public

A neighbour in a housing complex in the canton of Aargau was so annoyed by a couple’s noisy love-making he went public with his discontent in a bid to embarrass them into making less of a racket at night.

Italian Nutella maker to buy Britain’s Thorntons
Italy

Italian Nutella maker to buy Britain’s Thorntons

The board of British chocolate maker Thorntons said on Monday it had agreed a takeover deal by Italian rival Ferrero that values the firm at about £111.9 million (€156.2 million, $177.4 million).

Sweden’s green leader broke toxic paint rules
Sweden

Sweden’s green leader broke toxic paint rules

Experts have rejected claims by Sweden's environment minister Åsa Romson that a loophole in the law allowed her to paint her boat using toxic paint.

‘Valencia is the perfect place to live and work’
Spain

‘Valencia is the perfect place to live and work’

In the latest instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local meets Stephanie Schulz, a German living in Valencia where she gives guided tours of the city.

Cabbie charges obese passenger for flat tyre
Italy

Cabbie charges obese passenger for flat tyre

An obese man has lodged a complaint after a taxi driver in Rome charged him extra, blaming a flat tyre on his excess weight.

Spain’s ‘Jew Killer’ town finally changes its name
Spain

Spain’s ‘Jew Killer’ town finally changes its name

A tiny northern Spanish town that for centuries has been named after a Jewish massacre has now officially been renamed to something much less ominous.

Paris to return historic squares to the people
France

Paris to return historic squares to the people

The Paris mayor’s war on cars moved up a gear this weekend, when she launched a bid to transform some of the city’s most historic squares – including Place de la Bastille in favour of pedestrians and children.

Where to see the Queen in Germany this week
Germany

Where to see the Queen in Germany this week

With the Queen's momentous State Visit to Germany drawing ever closer, the British Embassy has released a guide to the best opportunities to catch a glimpse of Her Maj'. There are three main chances, so don't miss out!

Terrified mum rescues boy stuck up tall tree
Sweden

Terrified mum rescues boy stuck up tall tree

A hero mother who is afraid of heights has told The Local how she climbed ten metres up a tree to rescue her son Cazper, 5, who had scaled the trunk while pretending to be a monkey.

Two German climbers die in Graubünden Alps
Switzerland

Two German climbers die in Graubünden Alps

Two German men died in a mountain climbing accident in the canton of Graubünden at the weekend, police said on Monday.

Creditors must agree on Greece, Merkel warns
Germany

Creditors must agree on Greece, Merkel warns

Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Monday that without the agreement of Greece's creditors at the European Commission, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Central Bank (ECB) there could be no new agreement on bailout funds.

British paraglider dies after chute collapses
Spain

British paraglider dies after chute collapses

A British woman, described as an experience paraglider, died on Sunday in the Sierra de Líjar southern Spain after her parachute collapsed shortly after take-off.

Italy smashes record for tallest Lego tower
Italy

Italy smashes record for tallest Lego tower

A lego tower erected in Milan stands an impressive 35.05 meters high, breaking the previous record of 34.76 meters held by a tower built in Budapest.

Mystery over Danish tourist death in Spain

Mystery over Danish tourist death in Spain

The husband of a Danish woman has been arrested after she was found dead with bruises and wounds in a hotel room in southern Spain.

Berlin Philharmonic finally picks conductor
Germany

Berlin Philharmonic finally picks conductor

The prestigious Berlin Philharmonic, regarded as one of the world's best orchestras, has chosen 43-year-old Russian conductor Kirill Petrenko as its new chief conductor, media reports said Monday.

Parents blame phone service for child’s death
Austria

Parents blame phone service for child’s death

Bereaved parents of a three-year-old boy who died from a bacterial infection have said they believe their son would still be alive if doctors working at the emergency telephone services had reacted properly and not taken so long to come to their house.

Top MP: we need fully equipped army
Germany

Top MP: we need fully equipped army

Parliament's military commissioner Hans-Peter Bartels said on Monday that it is time for Germany to finally begin spending enough on its armed forces.

French pupils rebel over ‘impossible’ English test
France

French pupils rebel over ‘impossible’ English test

Over ten thousand French school pupils have signed a petition calling for the education minister to strike out an "impossible" question from the English exam in this year's French high school baccalaureate.

Swiss bow out after loss to hosts Canada
Switzerland

Swiss bow out after loss to hosts Canada

Switzerland have been knocked out of the Women's World Cup following a 0-1 defeat to hosts Canada in front of almost 54,000 spectators in Vancouver, most of them cheering on the home team.

Barcelona tourists flee after stealing tour bus
Spain

Barcelona tourists flee after stealing tour bus

Authorities in Barcelona are searching for two youths who stole a tour bus and took it on a joy ride around the Catalan city, before crashing and fleeing the scene.

Border controls ‘wrong signal’, leaders warn
Denmark

Border controls ‘wrong signal’, leaders warn

Mayors, business leaders and tourism officials warn that there will be dire consequences if Denmark implements stricter border controls in the wake of the Danish People's Party's ascension to power.

Denmark still second most peaceful nation
Denmark

Denmark still second most peaceful nation

The country was narrowly beaten by Iceland, while its other Nordic neighbors also featured in the top 20.

Ticino threatens closing Italy border to refugees

Ticino threatens closing Italy border to refugees

The head of the cantonal government of Ticino is warning that the border with Italy will have to be closed to refugees to stem the tide of asylum seekers entering Switzerland.

Italo-American cuisine mocked on Facebook
Italy

Italo-American cuisine mocked on Facebook

Italians have taken to Facebook to express their horror and disbelief at some of the most shocking dishes passed off as Italian in America and beyond.

Frenchman set for execution as appeal fails
France

Frenchman set for execution as appeal fails

A French drug convict lost an appeal against his death sentence on Monday, but his lawyers vowed to fight on and prevent yet another foreigner from facing the firing squad in Indonesia.

Strache under fire for exploiting tragedy
Austria

Strache under fire for exploiting tragedy

As Graz residents still recover from the shock of Saturday's tragedy, the leader of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache has come under fire for his comments about the nationality of the driver behind the attack.

Demonstrators dig migrant ‘graves’ in Berlin
Germany

Demonstrators dig migrant ‘graves’ in Berlin

Around 5,000 people joined a Berlin demonstration on Sunday by a controversial protest group which dug mock graves in front of parliament to highlight Europe's deadly migration crisis, police said.

Greece summit: French say ‘non’ to a Grexit
France

Greece summit: French say ‘non’ to a Grexit

With EU leaders due in Brussels for a make or break summit aimed at avoiding a Greek exit from the eurozone, a majority of the French public say they are against the country leaving the bloc. Germans however think differently.

Al-Jazeera journalist released from custody
Germany

Al-Jazeera journalist released from custody

Al-Jazeera reported on Monday afternoon that their journalist Ahmed Mansour, held in custody in Berlin since Saturday, has been released without charge.

Sánchez chosen to lead Socialists in PM race
Spain

Sánchez chosen to lead Socialists in PM race

Spain's opposition Socialists on Sunday named party chief Pedro Sánchez as their candidate to run for prime minister in a year-end general election in which upstart parties are expected to make inroads.

Lund joins top 50 places to study finance courses
Sweden

Lund joins top 50 places to study finance courses

For the first time, Lund University has scored a place in the top 50 universities in the world for postgraduate courses in finance.

‘Jack is back’: The mysterious tweet by DSK
France

‘Jack is back’: The mysterious tweet by DSK

The French Twittersphere went into a frenzy on Sunday when disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn appeared to make his entry on to the social media channel with the intriguing words “Jack is Back”.

Italy and France play down migrant drama
Italy

Italy and France play down migrant drama

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande played down tensions on Sunday over a migrant crisis which has seen hundreds of asylum seekers blocked at the border between the two countries.

‘There’s a Swedish mentality of not mixing’
Sweden

‘There’s a Swedish mentality of not mixing’

For this week's My Swedish Career feature, Irina Jingqi Liu from China tells of her struggles to make it on Stockholm's start-up scene.

SMS loans fund Syria terror trips from Sweden
Sweden

SMS loans fund Syria terror trips from Sweden

Sweden’s Security Service (Säpo) has warned that growing numbers of muslims are funding trips to Syria with money secured via text message loans secured in Sweden.

Graz car killer questioning has begun
Austria

Graz car killer questioning has begun

A "mentally unbalanced" man who ploughed his 4x4 into a pedestrian street in the Austrian city of Graz, killing three people including a young boy, was questioned by authorities on Sunday, prosecutors said.